[leg-hawrn for 1–3; leg-ern, -hawrn for 4]
  1. English name of Livorno.
  2. (lowercase) a fine, smooth, plaited straw.
  3. (lowercase) a hat made of such straw, often having a broad, soft brim.
  4. one of a Mediterranean breed of chickens that are prolific layers of white-shelled eggs.
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Historical Examples of leghorn

  • The ship had a good run from off Mahon to Leghorn where we anchored in the outer roads.

    Ned Myers

    James Fenimore Cooper

  • Who that has landed at Calais, at Rotterdam, or at Leghorn, has not felt this?

    Jack Hinton

    Charles James Lever

  • Genoa is with us at a word; so are Leghorn and the towns of the Romagna.

  • I sailed for Lerici, where I arrived the next day, and then posted to Leghorn.

    The Memoires of Casanova, Complete

    Jacques Casanova de Seingalt

  • From a lover, who will not be back at Leghorn for a week or ten days.

    The Memoires of Casanova, Complete

    Jacques Casanova de Seingalt

British Dictionary definitions for leghorn


  1. a type of Italian wheat straw that is woven into hats
  2. any hat made from this straw when plaited

Word Origin for leghorn

C19: named after Leghorn (Livorno)


  1. (ˈlɛɡˌhɔːn) the English name for Livorno
  2. (lɛˈɡɔːn) a breed of domestic fowl laying white eggs
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Word Origin and History for leghorn


breed of fowl, 1869, from Leghorn, city in Italy (modern Livorno, 16c.-17c. Legorno), from Latin Liburnus, from the native people name Liburni, which is of unknown signification.

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